An officer privy to the operation said it was a difficult tasks as on the one hand they had to secure families, air assets, buildings and on the other to contain terrorists in a specific area and neutralise them.
In the well coordinated operation troops managed to secure all air assets and 3000 families housed in the over 1900-acre air base.

Although seven persons lost their lives, it is being considered as a coordinated operation and real time one based with air support of attack helicopters, Dhruvs, and ground support of troops armed with infantry combat vehicles, and tanks.

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About 300 'black cat' commandos of NSG, the elite counter-terror force, deployed an assortment of most sophisticated assault weapons and buster ammunition tools to neutralise the terrorists who had sneaked into the Air Force base in the border town of Pathankot.

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